Iowa Football stepped up with a scholarship offer for talented Walled Lake (MI) Western High Athlete Darius Taylor back in January. This week, he made his way to campus for an unofficial visit.
“It was definitely more than I expected,” he told HF. “I was impressed with the facility and Iowa City.”
Boston College, Cincinnati, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and 13 other programs, including Princeton and Yale, also have reportedly offered Taylor scholarships. He’s visited Boston College, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Pittsburgh and others.
An all-around athlete, Taylor (5-11, 195) rushed 136 times for 1,379 yards and added 621 receiving yards, scoring 24 total touchdowns last fall. He returned kicks and fumbles for scores. He intercepted four passes.
The coaching staff, program history and culture at Iowa stood out to Taylor during his visit.
“I also like the college town that it was in,” he said.
Right now, Iowa has been looking at him as a running back or receiver. He spent time with head coach Kirk Ferentz and running back coach Ladell Betts during his visit.
“I feel like my skills are ideal for their scheme,” he said.
Taylor will major in Business when he gets to college. He’s impressed with what Iowa offers academically.
“It was great learning about the life of a Tippie Business School student,” he said. “I really enjoyed the visit, and I’m looking forward to making a decision on where to do my officials.”
Rivals rates Taylor as a three-star prospect. The service sees him as the No. 14 player in the state regardless of position for the 2023 recruiting cycle.